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Prosecutors clear Oshkosh officer in school shooting

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday have decided to clear an Oshkosh school liaison officer of any wrongdoing for shooting a student during a fight last year.

Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Anthony S. Prekop said a state Department of Justice investigation found that Officer Michael Wissink’s decision to use deadly force was reasonable and justified.

According to court documents, Grant Fuhrman, a student, entered Wissink’s office at Oshkosh West High School on Dec. 3 and stabbed Wissink more than once with a barbecue fork. Wissink couldn’t reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman. Neither the boy nor the officer was seriously injured. Furhman was then 16 years old.

Fuhrman texted a friend in late September or early October to bet that Fuhrman would not go to Wissink’s office and stab him with a pencil, take Wissink’s gun out of his holster and either shoot himself or the officer. The friend did not report Fuhrman’s comments.

Furhman has been charged as an adult with first-degree attempted homicide. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted. He has asked a judge to bring in a jury from outside Winnebago County to decide his trial. He’s due back in court May 27.

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